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Sapiens Audiobook

Sapiens

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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times best seller.

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us.

We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens?

In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. For more, visit www.ynharari.com.

©2011 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. You will love it!" (Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel)

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    Leo Saumure 01-20-16
    Leo Saumure 01-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The subtitle says it all"
    What did you love best about Sapiens?

    I liked that it gave a good foundation of various disciplines when it comes to dealing with humanity: Biology, Sociology, Psychology, History, and even a bit of conjecture.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the fact that it pretty much covered everything from Darwin's theory of evolution to speculation about where we are heading as a species that can alter our own destiny.


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    Good reader, and able to convey both the finer points as well as the humour of the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    redthambo 09-21-15
    redthambo 09-21-15
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    "History meets philosophy"

    Good thought evoking listening. Many subjects covered but lack of facts makes you wonder how much is subjective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Simpson Page 08-20-15
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    "Mind blowing"

    Incredible journey into the past and future of human beings. So much fascinating information and insights. I loved it. Wow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vivek New York 07-07-15
    Vivek New York 07-07-15
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    "A fresh and unique lens to view the world"

    It has made me re-evaluate almost everything I thought I knew! And it does so in vivid prose, bringing history to life. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Nash 05-13-15
    Andrew Nash 05-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Everything we already know, in one story"

    This book is amazingly easy to follow and enjoyable right through to the end. It has vastly enhanced my big picture view of the world. If you enjoyed it I would also recommend the Coursera free online course. Although maybe, like me, you're here because you're already done that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emtinan 02-23-17
    Emtinan 02-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "It finished too quickly!"

    Humans are delusional, this is the main emphasis of the book. The author is annoyingly sure and non apologetic of his views, he constantly provoked me to think "he is wrong of course. Wait, but why is he wrong? can it be that he is right ?" .
    The narrator seemed to have added a character to the text, I loved him!

    I wonder what delusions does the author choose to believe in?!

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    Dominic 01-10-17
    Dominic 01-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Transformational"

    This book is transformational! Gives new views on what it is to be a human and live in this world. Therefore it can also be quite challenging so personally I would like to attend group discussions about it :)

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    Amazon Customer hyderabad 01-07-17
    Amazon Customer hyderabad 01-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "outstanding"

    the best book i have ever come across which briefed about the evolution. of human to till date development

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    Matevz 01-06-17
    Matevz 01-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Very interesting insights"

    The book goes through the history of humans, the evolution and its consequences/aspects that are still with us today. It asks the "big" questions as well as talks about possible solutions and scenarios.

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    Amazon Customer 12-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A big picture"

    A book to put things into perspective. We all benefit from that now and then.

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  • Robert
    5/27/15
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    "Scares the hell out of me"

    Sapiens is easily one of the most thought provoking books I have ever read. It has caused me to doubt the our whole human endeavour while at the same time made me want to be a better person. loved it.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
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    7/8/15
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    "Brilliant!"
    What did you like most about Sapiens?

    Engaging narrative and the themes were spun together very imaginatively.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sapiens?

    The narrator brought the whole to life (for me the quality of narrator makes or breaks the audiobook....i have returned 3 previously that I am sure are great reads but are murdered by a poor narrator)


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    Engaging, never aggravating...no mean trick!


    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • David
    5/28/15
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    "Well balanced and original"

    A fascinating read about the human story to date. I really enjoyed the way Harari takes ideas back to basic principles and then applies reason on top. He is clearly a man who thinks for himself so there is a lot of original ideas contained within the book. He also doesn't take too many liberties where stating what we do and don't know about human history which is always refreshing. To top it all off it is a great performance by the narrator.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • vectisdodge
    1/24/16
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    "A well constructed description of the Species"

    This book describes in great detail the development of our species from the earliest humans to the present day and beyond. I found it easy to listen to and understand .
    There is a wealth of detail and probably needs to be listened to again.
    It is clearly narrated but I was hugely irritated by the English accent pronouncing words as by North Americans e.g. Aluminum not aluminium, data ( datta!)not dayta and many other examples. The narrator is English so why use American pronunciation.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tanveer Raja
    5/22/15
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    "Essential listening, well read."

    Great history with interesting questions raised and viewpoints offered. I particularly liked the different lenses of human progression.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ella
    10/1/15
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    "fascinating"

    So interesting. Would recommend this to anyone. Very dry humour in parts and very good narration

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Crispin
    Tufnell Park, United Kingdom
    9/27/15
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    "The Most thought provoking book for years"

    This is really easy to listen to, covering current thinking on so many diverse and complex topics. They are brought together in a way that made me think about so many aspects of life in a new light.

    With a book like this it is unlikely that everyone will agree with, or understand, all the points but most readers should come away from it stimulated.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • NP LEE
    7/31/15
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    "Blinding"

    This book equals Jared Diamonds' Guns, Germs and Steel in terms of making us ask ourselves questions about who, why and where we are and opens up life in a way that should make sense to at least a child of not a Neanderthal. Enjoy people!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    12/26/15
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    "Good but with some problems in the second half"

    I really enjoyed this book and would recommend people listen to it. However the second half is largely based on the assumption that ideology and religion are one and the same. This is essentially incorrect. Whilst both are belief systems, ideology is fundamentally focused on politics, economics and society, whilst religion is the imagined existence of a higher power and is primarily aimed on praiseing and obliging such a higher power. It is clear these will overlap in some places however it is also clear there are dramatic differences. This book does not consider these differences and therefore makes a number of odd assumptions based on this misunderstanding of important separations between ideology and religion. Nevertheless, a good listen and I wouldn't want to put anyone off from listening to it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Craven Arms, United Kingdom
    2/8/16
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    "Excellent and though provoking."

    A real expose on who we are, where we came from and an astonishing view on where we're going.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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